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RSD Welcomes 2013 Lyon Memorial Lecturer Michael Bloomfield 10/25/13
The annual Edmund Lyon Memorial Lectureship Series, a collaboration between Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) and Rochester School for the Deaf (RSD), welcomed Michael Bloomfield to RSD on Friday, October 25, 2013. Michael, who is deaf, is a Database Developer at Blackrock, in Seattle, Washington.

Michael was born and raised in Waterford, Michigan. He currently lives outside of Seattle with his wife Nancy, who also is deaf. Both graduated from RIT/NTID in 1994 and together they have four hearing children.

After high school Michael attended University of Michigan for two years, and transferred to RIT in 1990. At RIT he joined the Mu Zeta chapter of the Sigma Nu Fraternity and was the second President of the chapter. For three years, he performed with the RIT/NTID Dance Company. He graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, and moved to the Seattle area to work at Microsoft for 6 years. He has also worked for the Wizards of the Coast, Eporia, Sogeti, EDS, and Virtuoso.

For the past 5 years, he has worked as a Database Developer at BlackRock designing and developing BlackRock’s internal client relationship management system. BlackRock is the world’s largest asset manager with $3.9 trillion of assets under management and 72 offices around the world.

As one of the founders of, he leveraged the power of the internet, to allow anyone to request a Sign Language Interpreter at any time. includes the ability to request an interpreter with online scheduling and secure payment processing.

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